Serial entrepreneur and crafter Megan Chapman pitches Eco Flower, handmade flowers created from wood and recycled materials, in Episode 7 Season 8 of Shark Tank. In high school, Megan received a hand carved wooden flower from a friend who picked it up while on vacation. She loved the gift so much that she was inspired to design and create her own wooden flowers, with help of her dad who was an amateur woodworker. She made a dozen flowers and set up a booth at her high school’s dance competition and sold every one.
Megan knew the product had potential but pursued another business venture after high school, starting the one of the first pole dancing fitness classes called Adult Dance and Fitness (AKA French Kiss Fitness). She eventually sold the business, but couldn’t get rid of that entrepreneurial itch, and the wooden flowers were always in the back of her mind. A decade after creating her first flower she decided to pick up where she left off on her mission to shake up the floral industry, forming her new company Eco Flower with her business partner Alex Ledoux. Now the company ships bouquets of handmade flowers all over the world from their 8,000 square foot warehouse and has done over $1.3 million in sales in it’s first 2 years, before the added exposure of appearing on Shark Tank.
Eco Flowers are made of recycled and sustainable materials like book pages, bamboo, burlap, music sheets, pallet wood, pine cones, and sola wood. The exact method is a closely guarded trade secret but the results are stunning. An Eco Flower’s beauty will never fade and they’re even infused with fragrances like black raspberry vanilla, Egyptian lavender and Japanese cherry blossom. The scents will last a couple months, and the flowers themselves will last virtually forever.
Eco Flower has more than 30 bouquet designs and also creates wreaths, signage, table centerpieces, and wall decor. You can also order custom made arrangements and even get photos of the piece before it ships.
UPDATE: Eco Flower is now Sola Wood Flowers